Scores Dead, 13 Injured As Gas Explosion Hits Plaza In Ikeja

EMERGENCY DIGEST- Three people have been confirmed dead and 13 others injured in a gas explosion that occurred at OPIC Plaza, on Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way in Ikeja, Lagos.

Early reports from the Lagos state Police spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi said “The inferno erupted due to a gas explosion that occurred on Thursday, June 12, by 10pm.”

Reports on Arise TV, the broadcast arm of THISDAY, said three mangled bodies were seen at the scene of the incident this morning.

Also destroyed were several vehicles parked in the premises. The explosion greatly damaged the plaza which houses several offices.

Confirming the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Acting Zonal Coordinator, South-West Zonal Office, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, said the explosion threw the neighborhood into panic due to the huge fire.

He said the explosion was suspected to have been caused by a leakage while an LPG tanker was in motion.

“The resulting fire travelled with the wind to the premises of Ogun State Property Investment Company (OPIC) Plaza besides Sheraton Hotels, which houses different commercial outfits including a Chinese Restaurant.

“The fire was put out at about 12.30 a.m., after concerted efforts of five fire trucks from the Lagos State Fire Service and two trucks from the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency Response Unit.

“The initial search and rescue activities revealed that 13 persons sustained various degrees of burns. Out of this, nine are males while four are females,” Mr Farinloye said.

According to him, the affected victims were given first aid at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).

First responders are still conducting their search.and rescue operation as of the time of this report Friday morning.



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